Florida’s housing market in July: median prices rose while existing home sales sank

Existing home sales dropped 8% due to inventory shortage and rising prices. ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices and fewer all-cash closed sales in July, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed …

Hamilton Mikes, P.A. Among Best of Business 2016

Hamilton Mikes, P.A. has been recognized by Gulfshore Business Magazine as one of Southwest Florida’s Best Small Law Firms for the fourth consecutive year.

SW Florida rents rise faster than rest of U.S. in April

By June Fletcher. Price is up 3.9 percent in Collier County. Apartment rents grew in Southwest Florida faster than the national average in April, a new report by ApartmentList. com said. The San Franciscobased apartment listing firm calculated the numbers …

Home prices rising more slowly, S&P/Case Shiller index shows

Home prices aren’t rising as fast as last year, according to a closely watched national index released Tuesday. Prices in South Florida rose 6.2 percent in February from a year earlier, the S&P/Case Shiller home price index showed. In comparison, …

Florida can’t shake high foreclosure ranking

By John Hielscher. But the number of foreclosure properties continues to shrink Florida can’t shake its spot at the top of the nation for foreclosures, but the numbers are shrinking. Mortgage lenders closed on 71,644 foreclosures in Florida during the …

SW Fla. tennis competition intense

The tourney, cosponsored by Hamilton Mikes PA and Fish Crazy restaurant, involved 150 entrants in 16 separate men’s and women’s divisions. A total of $4,500 in prize money and certificates to ProAm Tennis plus other prizes were distributed to all finalists.

Southwest Florida tennis column

Now simply called The Sterling Oaks Spring Championship Tennis Tournament, the 2016 version is sponsored by Hamilton Mikes and Fish Crazy will …

Distressed sales still a big part of housing market

By Paul Owers. More than a quarter of all South Florida home sales last year involved a distressed property Even with the real estate market recovering, more than a quarter of all South Florida home and condominium sales in 2015 involved …

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FORECLOSURES DOWN IN 2015

Foreclosures in Southwest Florida declined sharply from 2014, according to RealtyTrac’s 2015 year-end U.S. Foreclosure Market Report. Lee County foreclosure actions totaled 5,118 units at year’s end, down 19.94 percent, from 6,393 from 2014. Collier County foreclosure activity totaled 1,671 …

Florida still accounts for 1 in 5 foreclosures

By John Hielscher Florida continues to lead the nation in completed foreclosures, accounting for nearly one in every five. Lenders closed on 94,124 foreclosures in Florida in the 12-month period ended in August, more than twice as many as any …